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Avoiding Eye Strain in The Workplace

Avoiding Eye Strain in The Workplace

Eyesight is something we often take for granted because we don’t have to think about it. However, certain jobs can have a negative impact on your vision, particularly those where you’re starting at a computer screen all day. There are a few tips that can help you avoid eye strain throughout the day.

Adjust Your Screen Brightness Levels

One of the most important things you can do is make sure your screen brightness is set at an appropriate level. If it’s set too bright, it’ll give you a headache, and if it’s too low, you’ll be straining to see what’s on the screen. The trick is to adjust it to the lowest setting that you can still see clearly. If you’re unable to tweak the level, then consider investing in a monitor screen guard. It sits over the front of the screen, dimming the brightness and filtering out the blue light that causes strain, without affecting the visibility level.

Get Regular Eye Exams

If you wear contacts or glasses, you’ll want to make sure you get exams regularly. Your vision can change over the course of a year, and if it declines, you could be putting your eyes at risk by putting additional strain on them as you struggle to see. If you find yourself squinting or struggling to see as clearly as you normally do, chances are you need a prescription adjustment. To save money, get the exam done by a professional and ask for a copy of your script. Then you can find affordable options such as cheap Biofinity contacts and glasses online for a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the office. Even if you don’t wear glasses, having regular eye exams is a good way to catch any vision loss and correct it before it becomes too evident.

Keep Your Eyes Moisturized

When you’re working for long hours, it’s not uncommon to develop dry eyes. You can rewet them by blinking very slowly for several seconds or by keeping moisturizing drops at your desk. Sometimes wearing glasses instead of contacts can help with dryness as well. If your eyes are overly dry, consider speaking with your doctor to find out if there’s a method that will work better for you.

Take Breaks When You Need Them

One of the best things you can do for your eyes to take a break regularly. You don’t need to take a long break, a brief one will do. When you get up for a cup of coffee or to use the restroom, you’re giving your eyes a much-needed rest from staring at the monitor, which lets them reset and reduces the amount of strain you’re placing on them. If you’re unable to leave your desk, you can still give your peepers a break. Turn away from the monitor and count to 20 before you continue working. You should do this at least once or twice an hour.

Giving your eyes the care they need to reduce strain is part of staying healthy when you work at a desk all day. If you take care of them, you will find that you’ll avoid headaches and vision distortion that can come with long hours in front of a screen.

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by Lottie Pritchard // Lottie Pritchard is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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